The name Rathbun originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Rawbone. Patronymic
surnames arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic
surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local
language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages.
Early Origins of the Rathbun family
The surname Rathbun was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Rathbun family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rathbun research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1750, 1696 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Rathbun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rathbun Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Rathbun has appeared include Rathbone, Rawbone, Rathburn and others.
Early Notables of the Rathbun family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Rathbone II (1696-1746), founder of Rathbone Brothers, in Liverpool a timber business that grew to be one of the United... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rathbun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rathbun family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rathbun arrived in North America very early:
Rathbun Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Rathbun, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1628 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Rathbun Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward W. Rathbun, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1893
- Emily Rathbun, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Rathbun Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mr. Fr. J. Rathbun, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1904
- Adah Rathbun, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1905
- Charles S. Rathbun, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Helen Rathbun, who landed in America, in 1908
- Jessie Rathbun, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rathbun (post 1700)
- George Oscar Rathbun (1802-1870), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
- Richard Rathbun (1852-1918), American biologist and administrator at the Smithsonian Institution
- William Kent Rathbun (b. 1961), American Beard Award-nominated chef and restaurateur
- Mark C. "Marty" Rathbun, American former senior executive of the Church of Scientology
- Bob Rathbun (b. 1954), American sportscaster and professional speaker
- Kevin Rathbun (b. 1961), American chef, owner of Rathbun's which has received “Best New Restaurant 2004”, Esquire Magazine; “Best New Restaurant” and "Restaurant of the Year", Atlanta magazine and “Best New Restaurant” by Creative Loafing
- Mary Rathbun (1860-1943), American marine biologist at the Smithsonian Institution from 1884 until her death
- John Peek Rathbun (1746-1782), American officer in the Continental Navy and in the United States Navy, eponym of two ships named USS Rathburne
Suggested Readings for the name Rathbun
- A Partial History of Certain Mastin-Rathbun-Dye Families by Victor E.Mastin.
The Rathbun Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Suaviter et Fortiter
Motto Translation: Mildly and firmly.